Energy Efficiency Innovation Seminars

Intelligent Transportation Systems

With rising fuel prices and the increasing demand for environmentally-friendly products, current developments in the transportation sector are gradually focusing more on energy efficiency. In the automotive sector, manufacturers use technologies and systems to produce more “green” vehicles and increase fuel efficiency. At the same time, more and more cities support the implementation of public transit systems, extensive bike lane networks, and walkable neighborhoods. Furthermore, the integration of smart IT components for better service quality and more efficient operation is becoming an increasingly more important element in the transportation sector.
Most of these developments considered new in the U.S. are already long-established in Germany with its state-of-the-art infrastructure system. Numerous sustainability and energy-efficient technologies have already been operating successfully in Germany for many years.
The German American Chamber of Commerce of the Midwest, Inc. organized a series of Innovation Seminars that focused on Energy Efficient Transportation Systems that facilitated a transatlantic knowledge exchange on the topic.

Event Details

The seminars were held on April 11-14, 2016 at four renowned universities across the Midwest. The seminar included presentations by select German companies and institutions, and featured an expert speaker from the transportation sector in Germany. Students were able to connect their classroom studies to real-world technologies and developments. Additionally, the seminars included opportunities for the students, their professors, and the participating German company representatives to meet and network.

The goal was to connect and position the companies with the students - future decision makers, clients, employees, as well as with professors – to get mentioned in lectures or start a collaboration etc.

Each seminar was followed by a networking reception on campus, as well as a VIP networking dinner with the professors and other presenters.


Monday, April 11, 2016
University of Kentucky, Lexington, KY

Tuesday, April 12, 2016
Michigan State University, East Lansing, MI

Wednesday, April 13, 2016
Purdue University, West Lafayette, IN

Thursday, April 14, 2016
Northwestern University, Evanston, IL

Presenting Expert Speaker

Dr. Christian Prehofer obtained his PhD at the Technical University of Munich in 1995, where he also received the habilitation degree in 2000. From 1998 to 2001 he was a system architect and group leader at Siemens in the area of communication systems. Since 2002, he has established a research group with a focus on self-organized systems at DoCoMo Euro Labs. From 2006 to 2009 he held positions as distinguished research leader and director in the area of Internet services at Nokia in Finland. Following this, he acted as chief researcher at Fraunhofer and simultaneously as professor at the LMU München. His research interests are connected vehicle architecture and services, open platforms for integrated mobility solutions, Internet-applications as well as software technology and architecture for mobile and embedded systems. He is currently affiliated with the TU München as a lecturer and with the Chang’an University as an adjunct professor. Since 2013, he is leading the research group on Internet of Things & Services at fortiss GmbH in Germany.

TAP-YTL Alumni Presentations

The following TAP-YTL Alumni will present at the seminars:

  • Elena Yadykina, Traffic & Safety Engineer at Washtenaw County Road Commission, who will present at Michigan State University
  • Jeremy Goldstein, Logistics Coordinator at Peapod, who will present at Purdue University and Northwestern University

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